Challengermode, DreamHack Spain Bring NELs To Iberia

Posted on December 18, 2018 - Last Updated on October 4, 2022

Online tournament platform Challengermode and DreamHack Spain have announced a new partnership that will introduce the National Esports Leagues in Spain and Portugal. The new set of esports competitions will support the growth of the area’s grassroots scene.

Big business looms, too

The new initiative also looks to open up new business and growth opportunities. Encom Games, the license holder for DreamHack Spain, will become the licensee of the National Esports Leagues (NEL), an innovative initiative launched by Challengermode earlier this year.

“We have been working with DreamHack HQ for over three years and are happy to extend this collaboration to their Spanish licensee Encom Games,” said Challengermode CMO Philip Skogsberg. “Together, we can work on improving the grassroots esports scene in Iberia while unlocking new business and growth opportunities.”

By combining several esports leagues into one competitive ecosystem, the NEL provides a way for players from all calibers to improve their skills and climb the ranks. Additionally, thanks to a modern and transparent online platform, organizers and brands will have access to a pool of enthusiastic fans.

“Since the launch of DreamCup, we have always wanted to develop a competition that allows amateur and semi-professional players to enjoy a pro-player experience,” said Encom Games CEO Arturo Castello. “We are looking forward to announcing the whole competition next year.”

The leagues will be put under the well-established DreamCup brand, a project by DreamHack Spain that gives amateur and semi-professional players the opportunity to experience what it’s like to be a pro. The first iteration of the new initiative will start in Q1 2019, featuring League of Legends, CS:GO, PUBG, Rocket League, and Fortnite. A combined prize pool of €19,000 is a great incentive for aspiring players to show their skills and try to make it to the top.

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Aside from the National Esports Leagues endeavor, the partnership will also see Challengermode become the exclusive esports platform for Encom Games. The Spanish organization will utilize the online platform for its own events focused on the esports market on the Iberian Peninsula.

Challengermode, the catalyst for esports growth

Founded in 2014, the Swedish esports startup has successfully implemented its online esports platform as a go-to place for gamers, brands, organizers, and game developers. Through various initiatives, like the NEL, the company is directly and indirectly supporting the growth of competitive gaming on a level ranging from amateur to professional.

Through various partnerships, including recent ones with North and Female Legends, Challengermode is showing it means real business when it comes to supporting the grassroots scene. In a market on track to reach an audience of 380 million this year, industry players like Challengermode have a lot of new exciting development coming their way, and Challengermode is proving that it’s ready to take on the tasks.

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